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Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS by Dustin Abbott
« on: September 29, 2014, 03:48:47 PM »
Thanks to everyone for the nice feedback.  I have yet to see anyone that is really down on this lens.  Not very controversial...just good.

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Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: September 29, 2014, 09:23:25 AM »
My Favourite Branch...

That's lovely.  The autumn tones really compliment!

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Lenses / Re: Shootout: EF 16-35 f/4L IS vs EF 17-40 f/4L
« on: September 29, 2014, 09:13:31 AM »
Stopped watching after a few seconds. A photographer that uses a white background while wearing a white and blue t-shirt, and is himself very pale white. Weird. All far too bright, I would need sunglasses to watch that.

And not even a few seconds of intro to ease you into the video.

I will stick to TDP for my reviews as Bryan knows what he is doing.

Wasn't focusing on the t-shirt this time around, rather the lens

My comment had nothing to do with your choice of t-shirt. Seriously?! That's what you took from my comment. lol.

Choosing a bright white background like that is not wise. Plus you need a 2 or 3 second intro of something.

Very poor video, and I personally would not take any camera advice from someone that produces someone like that about a camera product.

Oh no... I'm heartbroken  ;D

Graham

Graham - thanks for taking the time to do such a thorough review of the lens.  I have learned that doing reviews always opens you up to criticisms, but I notice from your KBID number that you have also learned the upside of doing them, too.  ;)  Keep up the good work.

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Post Processing / Alien Skin Software piece on Workflow with Dustin Abbott
« on: September 26, 2014, 03:14:08 PM »
Here's a link to a recent piece that Alien Skin did on some of my workflow tutorials:  http://www.alienskin.com/hdr-from-start-to-finish-with-dustin-abbott/

They look at two stages:  producing a natural HDR image (from this video @  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jplq-PxJ_Ho) and then a toning and processing tutorial where I convert that image into a high contrast monochrome using Alien Skin Exposure 6 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRtAERMpB-A)

You might find them beneficial...or not.  Take a look if interested.

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Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM
« on: September 23, 2014, 09:36:48 PM »
The color is great in that series.  Very nice results!
Thanks, Dustin!  I found the M pretty frustrating to use after using SLRs in the past for similar shots, but the lens delivered some great results.

That about sums it up.  The sensor is surprisingly good on the M.  I haven't tried a 70D (or 7DII, obviously), but the M is cleaner than any previous APS-C camera that I've used, including the 60D.  But yes, it has some serious shortcomings.  I found those magnified in a recent review of the Tamron 18-200 VC for the M when shooting on the telephoto end sometimes.  Shooting tele without a viewfinder is NOT fun, particularly when trying to isolate details like a bird in a tree.

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Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM
« on: September 23, 2014, 03:18:33 PM »
I had the good fortune to get front row tickets to see Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers in Tampa, Florida on Sunday night.  I snuck in the M with 22 mounted and 11-22 in my pocket.  Unfortunately the security was very tight and they made a big deal about "no interchangeable lens cameras" so I wasn't able to mount the 11-22.  Other than struggling a bit with focus, the 22 did quite well.  Here are a couple of the better shots I was able to take:

Steve Winwood opened - he was quite good:


Then it was on to Tom & the boys and their no frills set:






The color is great in that series.  Very nice results!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC Gets First Test
« on: September 23, 2014, 11:30:07 AM »
One of the best things that I saw in this video was the microcontrast on that page of text.  If you have watched his video on the Zeiss Otus 85, you will find that this text compares very nicely to the what the Otus did in similar situations, where he contrasted it with the 85L II.  That microcontrast could mean some serious pop in shots taken for, say, wedding photography (that, to me, is one of the potentially most exciting applications for this lens).

Really?  I actively avoid rectilinear ultrawides for people photography because of the egg-head phenomenon you get at the edges of the frame.  That's why I like the fisheye for that - keeps people's heads round.  In fact, when I have shot rectilinear, I've often added a massive amount of barrel distortion in post just for this reason.

Right, but if you have a lot of extra space on the sides you have room to deal with the distortion.
Oh, I'm most thinking for dramatic interior shots and also for shooting large groups when space is tight.  I frequently use the 24mm end of the 24-70 VC for that purpose.

Yeah, I frequently use the 24 end of my 24-105 for that.  Any wider than that (rectilinear), and you have a group of people surrounded by aliens.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC Gets First Test
« on: September 23, 2014, 10:54:46 AM »
One of the best things that I saw in this video was the microcontrast on that page of text.  If you have watched his video on the Zeiss Otus 85, you will find that this text compares very nicely to the what the Otus did in similar situations, where he contrasted it with the 85L II.  That microcontrast could mean some serious pop in shots taken for, say, wedding photography (that, to me, is one of the potentially most exciting applications for this lens).

Really?  I actively avoid rectilinear ultrawides for people photography because of the egg-head phenomenon you get at the edges of the frame.  That's why I like the fisheye for that - keeps people's heads round.  In fact, when I have shot rectilinear, I've often added a massive amount of barrel distortion in post just for this reason.

Oh, I'm most thinking for dramatic interior shots and also for shooting large groups when space is tight.  I frequently use the 24mm end of the 24-70 VC for that purpose.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC Gets First Test
« on: September 23, 2014, 10:43:36 AM »
One of the best things that I saw in this video was the microcontrast on that page of text.  If you have watched his video on the Zeiss Otus 85, you will find that this text compares very nicely to the what the Otus did in similar situations, where he contrasted it with the 85L II.  That microcontrast could mean some serious pop in shots taken for, say, wedding photography (that, to me, is one of the potentially most exciting applications for this lens).

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC Gets First Test
« on: September 23, 2014, 10:41:39 AM »
Has there been any release on what this thing might cost?

No exact pricing, but my contact says under $1500 (how much is the question).

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EOS-M / Re: More EF-M lenses in the future
« on: September 22, 2014, 10:43:01 AM »
I'm currently reviewing two EF-M mount lenses from third party manufacturers:  Tamron 18-200 VC and Rokinon 12mm f/2.  They are both very good lenses:  the Tamron does a little bit of everything quite well.  But the little Rokinon (manual everything) is a true treat.  It is basically a better version of the 14mm f/2.8:  less distortion, similar sharpness, and can use traditional filters.  I LOVE it!  The only thing holding it back is the basic limitations of a crop sensor (as compared to a FF sensor).

My full reviews will be live in the next couple of weeks.

I'm glad to hear of further development for the M.  It definitely has limitations, but it produces surprisingly good images.  I actually used a 60D for a recent review of a crop sensor lens and was surprised by how much less "clean" the images were compared to the EOS M images.  I haven't used a 70D/7DII yet, but I suspect the images from the M will be closer to the 70D than the 60D (I do anticipate the 70D/7DII having the best IQ of the three).

good to hear!
you are probably gonna make me spend money aren't you?
with these reviews

but what i really want to see canon bring out is an EF-M 15-85 IS that will be killer without all the compromise of a super zoom especially if it is as good as the 11-22 then the 12mm rokinon would fill in the wider end quite nicely.

That would be nice.  The 15-85 IS was my favorite EF-S lens.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC Gets First Test
« on: September 22, 2014, 10:39:49 AM »
Looks very promising.  I'm looking forward to getting my hands on this soon and comparing it the 16-35mm f/4L IS I'm testing right now.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: September 21, 2014, 05:28:32 PM »
amazing shot dustin



Yawn by Sanjeev Deo on 500px


Thanks everyone.  This is a cool moment captured, too!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: September 21, 2014, 08:58:39 AM »
Velvet by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

6D + 70-300L

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EOS-M / Re: More EF-M lenses in the future
« on: September 20, 2014, 10:46:02 AM »
I'm currently reviewing two EF-M mount lenses from third party manufacturers:  Tamron 18-200 VC and Rokinon 12mm f/2.  They are both very good lenses:  the Tamron does a little bit of everything quite well.  But the little Rokinon (manual everything) is a true treat.  It is basically a better version of the 14mm f/2.8:  less distortion, similar sharpness, and can use traditional filters.  I LOVE it!  The only thing holding it back is the basic limitations of a crop sensor (as compared to a FF sensor).

My full reviews will be live in the next couple of weeks.

I'm glad to hear of further development for the M.  It definitely has limitations, but it produces surprisingly good images.  I actually used a 60D for a recent review of a crop sensor lens and was surprised by how much less "clean" the images were compared to the EOS M images.  I haven't used a 70D/7DII yet, but I suspect the images from the M will be closer to the 70D than the 60D (I do anticipate the 70D/7DII having the best IQ of the three).

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